For instance, if you say “a red roomy leather bag with accents of pearls”, your readers would want to know through an image how exactly those pearls look against the leather.
But the question is, “where do you get great images for your posts?”
|Where do you get images for your blog?|
As I prepare to upgrade Creative Fashion into a professional blog with its own domain, I become more adept with the quality and the legalities of images that I’d use in my posts.
It’s a great opportunity, and perfectly in time, to be able to review Fotolia, a site for affordable royalty-free stock photos. I've been lurking around this site for a while, checking their photos and calculating my budget if how many photos I can afford. These were especially during the times when I get frustrated spending a lot of my quality time hunting for “great, free photos”. I’ve been given a one-month free subscription at Fotolia so I can write a review about my experience with the site and to host a giveaway to 25 lucky winners. Yes, a giveaway, so read on!
6 things that I love about Fotolia.com
1. You’re free of trouble
Using stock photos from Fotolia makes you sleep well at night. You need not worry about copyright infringement and possible law suits. Sleep well, darlings.
2. Every keyword that you search returns lots of great, quality photos
|"skinny jeans" returned 1028 photo results|
3. You can purchase an image at Fotolia for as low as $0.27
Fotolia offers you two buying options; single purchase or subscription purchase. Single purchase of images is based on credits. One credit price varies from $1.20 down to $0.75 depending on the credit package size and image size (XS, S, M, L, XL have different prices). The minimum account refill required to make single purchases amounts to $12, which is transferred to your balance as 10 credits. You are free to spend those on any purchases within one year.
Through their cheapest subscription plan, only $199, you get 750 photos each priced at $0.27. The key here is the more you pay for your subscription plan, the cheaper the items on Fotolia will be. This is especially good if you are determined to level up your professional website for the years to come.
4. The site is easy to navigate
|Fotolia is easy to navigate|
5. You are given two options for downloading
After you’ve done chosen the images to purchase, you are given two options to download, either you directly download every single file and save them to your pc or you download all photos at once through a zip file. It takes only few minutes, at most 5, for Fotolia to convert the photos into zip file, they’ll give you a notice to check your mail for the link where you can quickly download and save the zipped files. After purchasing, you have 48 hours to download and re-download your photos or copy and paste the photos’ html before your access goes.
6. High resolution quality photos
All photos are of great quality. The highest resolution I’ve download is 4256 x 2832 and the quality is amazing, very bright and vibrant. Even the smaller resolution photos are still great.
1. Cost money
Unless your website is already making money, or unless you’re certain that your niche’s market is big and your affiliate programs and other income streams will start rolling soon, parting from a good $12 – the minimum credit refill – is just difficult. You might rather keep your money and wait longer until you’re capable of stock photo purchases.
2. Images can be bland and formulaic
Another draw back that I’ve found while making the best of my experience at Fotolia is that, because the photos are stock photos, they can be bland and formulaic. They’re so well-matched to business-friendly keywords like ‘skinny jeans’ or ‘fashion’ that most seem too artificial or too forced. I long for more spontaneous, free flowing photos than a stiff model showing how her rear bulges beneath skinny jeans.
If you’re a fashion blogger who’s serious of raising the bar for your blog, making it more professional and establishing your credibility, you must consider using some images from Fotolia if your budget allows. You better allot specific budget for stock photos that’s reasonable. You can’t always rely on Flikr or Google for free images nor can you use press release photos without advertising the product/brand for free.
If you’re writing a “How to” fashion post, e.g. “How to wear stilettos” or other themed random posts, it’s okay to use formulaic stock photos. The only time it won’t work is when you write an article like “Top ten hot skinny jeans for summer” because I doubt if you'd find all the fabulous skinny jeans you’d need for your post.
The first 25 lucky bloggers to leave a comment on this post will win a promotional code which allows free download for 3 (three) quality photos of your choice at Fotolia.
To win, follow @creativefashion in twitter or become a fan in facebook and leave a comment below this post [mentioning your username] and what photos you plan to download if you win.